Simulation for Assessment and Recertification

Simulation for Assessment and Recertification

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Simulation for Assessment and Recertification

By SONHSNews
Associate Dean for Simulation Programs Dr. Jeffrey Groom, co-chair of the Simulation Subcommittee for the NBCRNA Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee (ERAC), took part in a three-day meeting in Chicago.

The December meeting was in continuation of the subcommittee’s work to evaluate inclusion of a simulation-based assessment as an alternative option for nurse anesthetist recertification. The group will be conducting an alpha test this spring to evaluate prospective scenarios and logistics required. CRNAs will be on the front edge in the use of simulation for assessment and continued professional certification.

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is committed to research in determining the best ways to assess knowledge and competence over time in CRNA practice. To further focus on this, five subcommittees of the ERAC, comprised of subject-matter experts, have been established and are working on various research projects and initiatives. The subcommittees include:

  • Simulation-Based Continuing Professional Certification Assessment Subcommittee
  • Methods to Assess Knowledge and Competence Subcommittee
  • Longitudinal Assessment Subcommittee
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Subcommittee
  • Alternative Format Questions Subcommittee

The NBCRNA promotes patient safety through credentialing programs that support lifelong learning. The rigorous and demanding initial education and training, followed by the ongoing continued certification, places nurse anesthetists at the forefront of a growing movement to ensure continuing competency in health care practitioners. Find out more about the NBCRNA’s research initiatives on the Research page.